Neighborhoods First Update: Rallying Faith Leaders
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 02, 2018 at 2:30 PM
Neighborhoods FIRST is about marshaling all available resources to take action on the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. On Friday of this week, we convened faith leaders from across Council District 12 for an Interfaith Summit on Homelessness.
Faith-based institutions represent one of the most vital resources for addressing homelessness. Active in the community, they can inspire individuals to take action, and they have facilities and resources that can augment and strengthen the efforts of service providers.
At the summit, working groups made up of different faith institutions developed strategies to contribute additional facilities, resources, volunteer power, and services to those experiencing homelessness. We are also working with these congregations and non-profits to develop an inventory of all types of services that are available within the council district so that we or anybody wanting to help a person in need can quickly direct them to care and services.
With compassionate outreach, these faith-based institutions can bring those suffering at the margins back to communities of love and trust where they can receive the necessary help to rebuild their lives.
My office has been collecting these stories of challenge and triumph to show that even those in desperate situation should not abandon hope. Here's Randy's story: